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Interior view of art glass in the California State Capitol Building. Photo by Howard J. Partridge.

California State Seal in Stained Glass
California State Capitol in Sacramento, California

Architects Albert Sutton and Charles Peter Weeks of San Francisco were the artists of this 1907-08 art glass light fixture, one of a matching pair that grace the ceiling of the capitol's second floor hall.  It is an interpretation of a 1849 state seal design by Major Robert Sheldon Garnett of the U.S. Army.  The idyllic composition of mountains meeting water includes; Minerva, the Roman goddess of Wisdom, with a grizzly bear beside her, and grapes at her feet; a gold miner; the word "Eureka" (I have found it!), the state motto; and stars representing California as the 31st state admitted to the Union.  Photograph by Howard J. Partridge taken in April, 2006.
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